YOUTH PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside offers a variety of in-person and online programs and activities for youth. Featuring highly qualified staff and strict guidelines to keep your student safe, you can rest easy knowing we offer a quality experience!

 

General Policies, Protocols, and Safety Guidelines

The safety of our students, participants, and guests is our top priority at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Our experienced staff has created strict guidelines to help protect both the staff and students that participate in each camp.

[Issued January 2022, expires March 18, 2022] This guidance is subject to change based on input from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS.) 

Vaccinations 
Vaccinations are the greatest defense against the spread of COVID-19 and we encourage all guests over the age of 5 visiting our campuses to get vaccinated. 

Masking 
In alignment with CDC K-12 guidance, all youth and youth serving staff visiting UW campuses, regardless of vaccination status, should be required wear a mask indoors. Per the American Academy of Pediatrics, use of a face mask for all indoor sports training, competition, and on the sidelines is strongly recommended for people who are not fully vaccinated and for all athletes (regardless of vaccination status) in counties with substantial or high transmission. Exceptions for mask use during indoor sports include: swimming and diving; certain gymnastics and cheerleading activities where the mask may become a choking hazard or impair vision; and during wrestling, unless an adult coach or official is able to closely monitor for safety purposes. 

Program Requirements 
All activities involving minors should be registered with the Precollege Liaison to ensure compliance and oversight with COVID-19 mitigation protocols. 

Single Day Activities (Conferences, Field Trips, 1-Day Community Outreach) 

  • Testing is not required for one day events. 
  • All participants should be required to be screened daily for symptoms prior to start of the activity. 
  • Participation is not allowed for those currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, in quarantine or isolation. 
    • Symptoms are considered consistent with COVID-19 when one of the symptoms marked with a (^) or two of the other symptoms are present above baseline for that individual. *Note: Vomiting, diarrhea, and fever – alone or together – should exclude a person from school, programming or childcare. 
      • Cough^
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
      • New loss of taste or smell^ 
      • Congestion or runny nose 
      • Fever or chills* 
      • Nausea or vomiting* 
      • Diarrhea* 
      • Headache 
      • Fatigued muscles or body aches 
      • Sore throat 
  • Participant should be required to report to the Program Director any positive molecular (e.g., PCR) or antigen COVID-19 test results if received within three days of the beginning or end of the program. 

Multi Day Activities (Ongoing after school tutoring, private lessons, multi-day community programs) 

  • Unvaccinated participants should be required to have one of the following: 
    • Tested negative using a molecular or antigen test in a specimen collected within three days of the start of the activity or arrival, or; 
    • Tested negative 72 hours prior to the start of the activity or upon arrival with the Abbott BinaxNOW test (if available on-campus), or; 
    • Documentation of a positive PCR test within 90 days of the activity and completion of the isolation period. 
  • Vaccinated participants should be required to be screened daily for symptoms prior to start of the activity. 
  • Participation should not be allowed for those currently in quarantine or isolation. 
  • Participant should be required to report any positive COVID-19 test results received within three days after the final day of programming. 

If a Participant Tests Positive Upon Arrival 
Participants testing positive upon the arrival to campus with the Abbott BinaxNOW test should not be eligible to participate in the activity and should be required to return home with parent or guardian. 

*It is recommended that institutions encourage parents/ guardians to remain with the participant until testing is complete. 

If a Participant Shows Symptoms of COVID-19 While at a Program 
Program Director should: 

  • Notify the parent/guardian; 
  • Have the participant tested for COVID-19, and; 
  • Isolate the participant until they either have a negative test result or return home. 

If an Asymptomatic Participant Tests Positive during a Program for COVID-19 with an Abbott BinaxNOW Test 
Program Director should: 

  • Isolate minor immediately; and 
  • Notify the parent/guardian to pick up the participant within one hour of notification for commuter programs or within 24 hours for residential programs. 
  • An asymptomatic participant that tested positive with a Binax test may return to programming if they receive a negative PCR test. 
  • If a Symptomatic Participant Tests Positive during a Program for COVID-19 with an Abbott BinaxNOW Test 
  • Program Director should: 
  • Isolate the participant immediately; 
  • Notify the parent/guardian or caregiver to pick up the participant within one hour of notification for commuter programs or within 24 hours for residential programs; 
  • Identify and list close contacts of the participant; 
  • Notify the institution’s Precollege Liaison; 
  • Communicate the possible exposure to teachers, staff, and parents, guardians, or caregivers of students in the program; 
  • Communicate with campus facility managers and implement the campus disinfecting and cleaning plan; 
  • Work with campus leadership to assess transmission levels and support any contact tracing efforts requested by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) or the local public health department; 
  • Notify close contact participants and staff to: 

If close contact is fully vaccinated- 

  • Participant should be tested 5-7 days after exposure, even if they do not have symptoms; 
  • Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until test result is negative; 
  • Isolate for 10 days if test result is positive; and 
  • Consult with a healthcare provider for evaluation. 

If close contact is not fully vaccinated- 

  • Quarantine for 14 days 
  • Monitor for symptoms 
  • Get tested 5-7 days after exposure 

* Timing of testing can vary but should not occur within the first two days after exposure as testing too early can cause a false negative result. 

  • Communicate with teachers, staff, and parents, guardians, or caregivers the importance of COVID-19 mitigation strategies (e.g., staying home when sick, washing hands, wearing masks, social distancing). 
  • Inform the participant that they can return to programming after meeting criteria for ending home isolation. 

Programming Logistics
Implement the following additional strategies to mitigate participant exposure: 

  • Drop-Off and Pick-Up Processes in which parents/guardians are not exposed to other participants during drop-off and pick-ups. 
    • Staggered drop off/pick up times 
    • Curbside pick-up 
    • Outdoor pick-ups with social distancing 
  • Smaller Cohorts or Grouping 
  • Physical Distancing 
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols (PPE Needs) 
  • Daily Symptom Checks 
  • Handwashing/Hygiene Training 
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols 
    *Note: As institutions determine which activities to authorize on-campus, note that outdoor programming has been shown to have a lower COVID-19 transmission rate. 

Dual Enrolled/ Early College Credit Students 
Dual Enrolled/Early College Credit Students should fall under the campuses matriculated student protocols with the exception that all parents/guardians be required to sign a COVID Acknowledgement form and be informed of the campus's requirements. 

Minor Employees
If minors are employed by the institution, they will fall under the university’s employee COVID-19 policy. 

This page is under construction, more information to come soon!

In the meantime, please contact youthpac@uwp.edu for any questions or concerns.

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